Arkansas Lawmakers Override Gov’s Veto On Transgender Treatments Ban For Minors

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The Arkansas Legislature voted Tuesday afternoon to ban minors from receiving gender reassignment services from medical providers, including hormone treatments and puberty blockers, overriding the GOP governor’s veto of the proposal the day before.

“The House voted 71-24, and the Senate 25-8, to override the governor’s veto a day after it was announced,” ABC News reported on the development Tuesday afternoon.

Only the day before, two-term Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) had vetoed the proposal — dubbed the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act — out of concern it was too far-reaching and overly broad. The proposal would have banned doctors from providing minors with various gender-reassignment treatments in addition to referrals for them. It also would have banned doctors from referring minors for gender-reassignment surgeries.

“I don’t shy away from the battle when it is necessary and defensible, but the most recent action of the general assembly, while well-intended, is off-course and I must veto,” said Hutchinson.

The law would have been the first state-wide law of its kind in the United States, and will go into effect in July, according to the Associated Press. The American Civil Liberties Union has since announced that they plan to file a lawsuit.

During a press conference Monday, Hutchinson noted that doctors in Arkansas do not perform gender-reassignment surgeries on minors. He also remarked: “House bill 1570 is opposed by the leading Arkansas associations, and the concern expressed is that denying best medical care to transgender youth can lead to significant harm to the young person from suicid... (Read more)